Douglas George Larson

Douglas George Larson, age 70, of Yankton, South Dakota, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

A private family memorial service will be at 4:00 PM, on Friday, August 21, 2020 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Vicar Mary Hendricks Wilkens officiating.  The service will be live streamed on Doug’s obituary page at  Inurnment will be in the Vangen Lutheran Cemetery in Mission Hill, South Dakota with military honors performed by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 of Yankton and US Army National Guard Funeral Honors.  A public gathering of family and friends is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, on Thursday, August 20, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.

Pallbearers are all of his grandchildren.

Doug was born November 16, 1949 in Yankton, South Dakota to Clifford “Kip” and K. Irene (Keller) Larson.  He graduated from Yankton High School in 1968 and held several track records for many years.  He attended a semester at University of South Dakota in Vermillion and then joined the United States Army where he was stationed in Hawaii.  After his discharge, he served a year and a half in the Army National Guard.  On August 31, 1974, Doug married Valerie Stanage at Vangen Lutheran Church in Mission Hill.  Doug first worked with his dad at Kips Inn and then started his own restaurant, The Dinner Bell.  He operated the restaurant for eight years from 1979 to 1987.  Doug then worked at several area manufacturing companies until his retirement at age 57.  He was a member of Vangen Lutheran Church and National Rifle Association.  He enjoyed target shooting and was a member of the Utica Shooting Range.  Doug loved playing pool and played in many leagues and several state and national tournaments.  He also loved playing golf, baseball and softball.  Doug enjoyed travelling but his favorite part might have been planning the trip.  He enjoyed music and attended many concerts.  He was a trivia buff and loved watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.  Doug was an excellent cook and was always there to help answer his children’s cooking questions.  Actually, he was always willing to give advice and tips on about anything.  He was fiercely independent and deeply adored his family, especially his grandchildren.

Doug is survived by his wife, Val Larson of Yankton; four children: Matt Larson, Adam (Chelsea) Larson, Abby (Jon) Sprecher, and Sara (Cole) Blom, all of Yankton; 11 grandchildren: Cody, Conner and Dakota Larson, Carl, Marley and Vivi Larson, Vera, Emery and Daisy Sprecher, and Emelia and Harlan Blom; two brothers: Richard (Pati) Larson of Yankton and Roger Larson of Indio, CA; one sister, Karen Larson of Greeley, CO; and many nieces and nephews.  Doug was preceded in death by his parents.


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23 response to "Douglas George Larson"

  1. By: Chris and Betsy Hunhoff Posted: August 19, 2020

    He was a good man who raised a great family. We’re sorry for your loss.

  2. By: Russ and Janelle Ekeren Posted: August 19, 2020

    We are deeply sorry for your loss. I’ve played pool with Doug for many years. He was a great man. He had an answer for everything. He was right most of the time. Doug will be greatly missed in life and around the pool table

  3. By: Charles Morales Posted: August 19, 2020

    I enjoyed playing pool with and against Doug for the past 30 years. We became teammates for the last 7 years or so and traveled to tournaments together. He was always interested in all sports in every level from local high school to professional level and we spent a lot of our time together discussing (arguing) statistics. I know him away from his family… which I know he loved very much. May you all be comforted by knowing he’s in the lords care now and is not suffering.

  4. By: Darwin Klassy Posted: August 20, 2020

    Doug and I had many good games of Snooker in the billiard room at the Center, and not only was he a fine pool player, but very generous with his tips and advice about the games we enjoyed. Though I only knew him just over a year, I counted him as a good friend and a good man. Rest in peace my fellow service member. You will be greatly missed.

  5. By: Jill Stanage Posted: August 20, 2020

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you always hold onto the warm and wonderful memories you shared together, and they continue to bring you comfort and peace.

  6. By: Jim Scoblic Posted: August 20, 2020

    Sorry to hear about Doug. Our thoughts are with you. Scoblic and Morrison Families.

  7. By: Sue and Geoff Berg Posted: August 20, 2020

    I am saddened to hear of Doug’s passing . I thought of him yesterday while driving, I cried. He was a dear man. To this day, I greet friends or strangers with “howdy”; I got that from Doug. I will miss him.

    My deepest sympathies to Val and her extended family. – Sue and Geoff Berg

  8. By: Geoff Berg Posted: August 20, 2020

    I am saddened to hear of Doug’s passing . I thought of him yesterday while driving, I cried. He was a dear man. To this day, I greet friends or strangers with “howdy”; I got that from Doug.
    I will miss him.

    My deepest sympathies to Val and her extended family.

  9. By: Marilyn Crawford Russell Posted: August 20, 2020

    Your family is in my thoughts today. I worked for Doug and Rich way back in the day and I still hold fond memories of that time at Kips and the Larson family.

  10. By: Grant Reedstrom Posted: August 20, 2020

    I am very sorry to learn of Dougs passing. Please accept my condolences on your loss.

  11. By: Emma French Laird Posted: August 20, 2020

    My sincere sympathy with your loss, and prayers for your comfort. The earth is missing a really great smile.

  12. By: Geoffrey Berg Posted: August 20, 2020

    I am saddened to hear of Doug’s passing . I thought of him yesterday while driving, I cried. He was a dear man. To this day, I greet friends or strangers with “howdy”; I got that from Doug.
    I will miss him.
    My deepest sympathies to Val and her extended family.
    Geoff & Susan Berg

  13. By: Brenda Leader Posted: August 20, 2020

    I was just thinking about this guy the other day! I was wondering how he was getting along with all of this crap going on and not being able to play pool! I met Doug over 20 years ago at the Crofton Golf Course! He asked me if I play pool! I joined his team as a sub and have been playing league ever since! Over the past 20 years or so, he taught me a lot about pool and a little about other stuff. I found out along the way that he was my Mom’s classmate in school! From that point on I had to behave around him! I enjoyed watching him play the years we shot together and against one another. It was always one of my biggest goals and challenges to get a “W” against him, but I do have a few. I’ll certainly miss seeing him and playing against him! RIP Doug!

  14. By: Sarah and David Gullikson Posted: August 20, 2020

    Dave and I knew Doug through the pool league that we belonged to. We had great conversations on college football since we are SDSU fans and he was all USD! One time we were having a discussion about our faith and beliefs, that can seem strange when your waiting for your turn at the pool table, but one time another player did come over to join the conversation. I guess it was one of those God moments that just show up in our lives when we don’t expect it. Doug will be greatly missed but he will always remain in our hearts.

  15. By: John conkling Posted: August 20, 2020

    Oh my what a surprise. So sorry Val & Family. Unfortunately I won’t be able to join you for the memorial. May God give you His peace.

  16. By: Laura (Thunker) Bentz Posted: August 21, 2020

    Val & Family, I am so sorry to hear about Doug. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Val, I know mom is with you right now, helping you through this. All my love, Laura

  17. By: Joleen Kirschenman Posted: August 21, 2020

    Val, I am so sad to learn of Doug’s passing. I’ve not seen Doug for a long time, but I have fond memories of the times we moved in the same circles. Much love and warm wishes to you and your family.

  18. By: Katie (Kappel) Boom Posted: August 23, 2020

    Dear Larson family,
    My condolences to all. I remember Doug well as I worked for wonderful Kip. Doug would come in and sit at the counter by the cash register. I always enjoyed waiting on him because he was so polite. Of course, Lorraine always tried to take his ranch burger & strawberry pie order first, even in my section. So we shared!
    Sad he left you too early, treasure the many beautiful memories.
    Rest in Peace Doug.

  19. By: Les Larson Posted: August 23, 2020

    I am saddened to learn of Doug’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family

  20. By: DIANE NEUHARTH Posted: August 24, 2020

    Val and Family, So sorry for your loss..Keep the memories close at heart. Thinking of you all. Prayers

  21. By: Jane Lemay Posted: August 25, 2020

    Val, I am so sorry to hear of Dougs passing. Know that you are in my thoughts. Prayers for you all.

  22. By: Terry Yates Posted: August 25, 2020

    Dear Val and family, I am saddened by the news of Doug’s passing. May God comfort and hold you in His loving arms during this time. I know you all are a strong, loving and close family and will lean on each other for comfort. My sincere condolences, and prayers for your family.

  23. By: Ken Jiricek Posted: September 5, 2020

    Doug and I went to high school together and hung out off and on. Never had the opportunity to visit with him much over the years but remember good times hanging out in his basement. He turned me on to the Zombies

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